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The best ‘Designs of the Year’

The Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year exhibition is an event not to miss for any designer. From architecture to iPad games, it showcases the very best of design from the last 12 months.

The third floor in the museum always provides a large space for the show. It’s curated in a way where work isn’t categorised together, which is interesting as you don’t compare work from the same categories as much. In recent years, there has been a lot of focus on technology so it was refreshing to see so much graphic work on display.

The winner will be announced on June 4th, but we were encouraged to participate in the ‘peoples vote’. It was a tough decision, as sometimes you feel a design such as 3D prosthetic limbs that are life changing are surely more worthy of winning Design of the Year over a typeface.

Here are some of my top picks from the show:

Monument Valley: USTWO

Designs of the Year 2015

I played this game a year ago and I am still in awe of the beautiful, Escher-inspired architecture puzzle.


MIT brand identity: Pentagram­

Designs of the Year 2015

The design is based on a 7×7 grid – a monogram that flexes to create an exciting, forever evolving identity.


Norges Bank Note rebrand

Designs of the Year 2015

A slick new rebrand for the Norwegian bank notes; beautiful, simple and modern.


Kano Computer Kit

Designs of the Year 2015














Kano is a computer for kids that they build themselves to help teach them coding.


Current table: Marjan Van Aubel

Designs of the Year 2015

The Current Table is designed with a solar panel, which generates energy from sunlight and then reuses it to charge your mobile.


Franchise animated

Designs of the Year 2015

Using the typeface ‘Franchise’, animators were asked to pick a glyph and animate it to 25 frames. When all the glyphs come together it creates a unified and exciting animation. All the files are available for download at no cost.


Disclosed Shopping Concept

Designs of the Year 2015

This shopping app concept was particularly interesting to me as a packaging designer. Consumers disclose information about themselves and what they are trying to achieve i.e. reduce environmental impact or diet. The app then matches products to your priorities. Brands can then use this data to help better understand consumer’s needs.

Blog written by Beth.